Thoughts on the painting of, and playing with, toy soldiers.

15mm

Khurasan Mekanoid Meleebots

I’ve been meaning to paint these for months, but only just got around to it. Nothing particularly special about the paint job: grey primer, Devlan Mud wash, then drybrushed with white.

Khurasan Mekanoid Meleebots

Khurasan Mekanoid Meleebots

Khurasan Mekanoid Meleebots

Khurasan Mekanoid Meleebots


2010, a year in gaming

It’s a new year and so there’s the inevitable “2010 in review” posts on all blogs and news sites. I hate the bloody things, but that won’t stop me from doing one of my own!

2010 was a great year for me (in Real Life as well as in my Gaming Life): I feel that my painting and modelling skills have improved a great deal: in basing, in my use of washes, and in the techniques and tools I’ve learned to use. I have the great gaming blogosphere to thank for that: many of my favourite blogs are linked to in the links on the right.

I played a lot of Space Hulk in 2010: it’s great for time-starved veterans like me and my friends. You can have a great gaming experience in a couple of hours, with none of the preparatory work required for a game like Epic.

I also managed to get my 15mm SF soldiers into battle, albeit only once, using a gaming system of my own devising. It’s the first time I’ve ever written and used a set of gaming rules, and was a great experience. Hopefully I’ll be able to get some more games in during 2011, and refine the rules, perhaps even publish them!

The thing I’m most pleased with this year has been the creation of an Epic Necron army. This is mainly thanks to the brilliant chaps on the Tactical Command forums: creative geniuses who have, purely for fun, created very impressive proxies for many of the Necron units. It’s also due to the excellent miniatures produced by Steel Crown Productions for their Exodus Wars game: their Edenite miniatures are great quality and value, and are very good proxies.

The army isn’t finished: I have some Wraiths to assemble and paint, some Obelisks that have been troublesome (they’re resin and I didn’t wash them before undercoating, so the paint’s flaking off, grrh), and I need some more Monoliths, as I found out when I took the army out for a test game (the only game of Epic I managed this year). Playing against Squats, I was narrowly defeated because of the lack of fast close combat troops (ie Wraiths) and the need to keep the Monoliths in unit coherency. Having another group of them that is free to move around will give me more flexibility. I’ve also got another super-heavy monstrosity that still needs painting.

I’ve been meaning to take some photos of the complete army, and I finally managed to do it today. Here they are. I hope they inspire you!


Khurasan 15mm SF characters, Ctd

Here are the 15mm SF characters from Khurasan Miniatures that I recently mentioned:

Khurasan 15mm SF Characters

From left to right, they are: a perky yet psychotic assassin (think Xenia Onatopp from GoldenEye, but blonde); a Gordon Freeman type special agent; a true-believing commissar in knee high boots, and a no-nonsense starship pilot.


Khurasan 15mm SF characters

The excellent Dropship Horizon blog recently posted some pictures of some fantastic 15mm SF characters from Khurasan Miniatures. You wouldn’t know they’re 15mm miniatures from looking at them – the detail is amazing! So I decided to buy a set to use as a command squad for my 15mm SF army.

The miniatures arrived yesterday, here they are after being superglued to penny coins (which make perfect, cheap bases for 15mm minis):

Command Squad


Ground Zero Games New Israeli Grav Bikes

For my birthday my wonderful fiancee bought me some New Israeli Grav Bikes from Ground Zero Games (the undisputed masters of 15mm SF). I’ve jut finished painting them, in the same colour scheme as my Critical Mass ARC Fleet troopers:


Building a Building

I’ve been working on kitbashing some 15mm scale buildings for use with my recently painted Critical Mass Games miniatures. I’m using the excellent Urban Mammoth Platform Builder: it’s so versatile that you can build almost anything you can think of. Here’s my first attempt:
15mm building made from the Urban Mammoth Platform Builder

15mm building made from the Urban Mammoth Platform Builder

15mm building made from the Urban Mammoth Platform Builder

At £12 for 13 sprues (which would be enough to make several buildings like the one above, the Large Platform Builder box is great value. I will definitely be buying more!


Critical Mass ARC Fleet Miniatures

I’ve just finished painting the 15mm scale ARC Fleet troopers from Critical Mass Games that I bought at Salute. Having previously finished a prototype model and paint scheme (that has since been modified from the one in the last post: the raised armour sections are now painted Bestial Brown before being given a wash of Devlan Mud), I scaled up my production line to finish off the remaining 24 soldiers (and one gun emplacement):

ARC Fleet miniatures from Critical Mass Games

ARC Fleet miniatures from Critical Mass Games

ARC Fleet miniatures from Critical Mass Games

ARC Fleet miniatures from Critical Mass Games


ARC Fleet miniatures from Critical Mass Games

ARC Fleet miniatures from Critical Mass Games


ARC Fleet miniatures from Critical Mass Games

ARC Fleet miniatures from Critical Mass Games


ARC Fleet miniatures from Critical Mass Games

ARC Fleet miniatures from Critical Mass Games

ARC Fleet miniatures from Critical Mass Games

ARC Fleet miniatures from Critical Mass Games


ARC Fleet miniatures from Critical Mass Games

ARC Fleet miniatures from Critical Mass Games

I also have some aerial drones and a 15mm Grav Sled from Ground Zero Games that I’ve just undercoated. They’ll come in another post.


ARC Fleet Heavy Drop Trooper

I’ve just finished the test model from the Critical Mass Games miniatures I bought at Salute:

ARC Fleet Heavy Drop Trooper

ARC Fleet Heavy Drop Trooper

Like most of my paint jobs, I’ve optimised for speed: after being sprayed with white primer, I gave the entire model a coat of Citadel Rotting Flesh, with the armour plates painted in Camo Green, the weapon in Boltgun Metal, the visor in Brazen Brass, and the base in Horizon Paints brown (a line produced by Ral Partha and long since gone away). Then the entire model was given a wash of Devlan Mud (which I seem to use on just about everything nowadays). Then I finished up with some static grass on the base.

One down, 25 more (plus one artillery piece, a vehicle and some GZG drones) to go! I will post updates as I go.


Salute 2010

A couple of friends and I went up to the Excel centre this weekend to attend Salute 2010. This is the second Salute show I’ve been to, and once again, I had a great time. The demonstration games were all amazing, and some of the display boards were simply incredible!

One of the stands I was most keen on visiting was that of Critical Mass Games, and I wasn’t disappointed. Their gorgeous 15mm SF miniatures were on display on their stand, and on their fantastic display board, entitled “The Battle of Kyushu Bay“.

The Battle Of Kyushu Bay

The Battle Of Kyushu Bay

There are more pictures on Dropship Horizon. Of course, I caved in and bought a bunch of ARC Fleet miniatures, the prototype of which I’ve already started working on:

ARC Fleet Trooper

ARC Fleet Trooper

At 40p each (plus a penny for the base!), they’re excellent value for money! You can buy them online here.


You Stupid Boy

Via iFelix: check out this amazing conversion of some 15mm miniatures from the Flames of War game into Dad’s Army:

More pics here. When I saw this it made me laugh out loud. I may have to buy this game just so I can do it myself!